Rabu, 17 Desember 2014

INDONESIA MUST PREPARE ITS WORKFORCE TO FACE AEC

 By Andi Abdussalam  
          Jakarta, Dec 17 (Antara) - Indonesia has to prepare its human resources in the face of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which will take effect at the end of next year.
         The Indonesian government has about a year's time to improve the skills of its workers to make them capable enough to compete with expatriates within the ASEAN region, where the free flow of trade and services, including that in the labor sector, will be implemented from December 31, 2015.
         The government has, in fact, taken important preparatory measures to face the free trade region, as well as the free flow of expatriates in the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has a potential market of 625 million people.
          "The government has taken various anticipatory steps to prepare Indonesia in the face of the implementation of the AEC," Rizal Edwin, the acting deputy assistant to the chief economic minister, stated on Tuesday (December 16).

Senin, 15 Desember 2014

RICE STOCK IN INDONESIA ADEQUATE FOR X'MAS, NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

 By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, Dec 15 (Antara) -- Indonesia's rice stock of 1.7 million tons kept in warehouses of state logistics board Bulog is enough to meet the need for rice during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
         State logistics board Bulog also set aside 230 thousand tons of rice for market operation in December 2014 in an effort to maintain rice price stability during the holidays.
         According to Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel, Indonesia has ample rice stock to ensure that price stability is maintained during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
         "We will do our best to provide adequate rice stock in the market so that price stability continues to be maintained at the consumers' level," the trade minister stated on the sidelines of his visit to a warehouse of national logistics board Bulog for Jakarta and Banten here on Monday.
         Minister Gobel added that based on market price monitoring across the country, there was no significant fluctuation or increase in the price of rice. The average price of medium rice increased by only 0.75 percent from Rp9,274 per kilogram last week to Rp9,344 per kilogram. In Jakarta, the cost of rice is stable at Rp9,640 per kilogram.
         Besides preparing 1.7 million tons of rice stock, Bulog also set aside 230 thousand tons of rice for a special market operation (OPK).

Minggu, 14 Desember 2014

RI'S ECONOMY EXPECTED TO GROW AT 5.0-5.6 PCT IN 2015

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Dec 14 (Antara) - Indonesia's economic growth has continued to drop over the past three years from relatively high 6.5 percent in 2011 to only about 5.3 percent this year.
         The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has predicted economic slowdown would continue to hit the country until 2015.
         "The country's economy will not yet fully recover in 2015 on internal and external hurdles," Kadin general chairman Suryo Bambang Sulisto said on Wednesday.
         According to various estimates, Indonesia's economic growth next year is estimated to be between 5.0 and 5.6 percent.
         Researcher Moekti P Soejachmoem of the Mandiri Institute Research Center predicted that seeing the development of its growth over the past three years, the Indonesian economy would only grow at 5.3 percent next year, below the government's target set in the state budget at 5.8 percent.
         In 2013-2014, the country's economic growth had been on the decline  - down from 6.5 percent in 2011, 6.2 percent in 2012  and 5.7 percent in 2013  and an estimated 5.3 percent in 2014.

Sabtu, 13 Desember 2014

LANDSLIDE IN BANJARNEGARA BURIES OVER 100 VILLAGERS

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Dec 13 (Antara) - A major landslide buried more than 100 villagers in Jumbleng hamlet, Sampang village, Banjarnegara district, Central Java, at 5.30 p. m. on Friday.
         Until Sunday evening, 17 victims were found dead, while 91 others are still missing.
         According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), rescue workers also found 11 victims who were seriously injured and four more inflicted with less severe injuries.
        He added that efforts to find and evacuate victims of the disaster were halted on Saturday afternoon due to heavy rain.
        The ground was unstable, the current of the river that passed through the village was very strong and carried mud, and the heavy rainfall was causing fear of another possible landslide, Nugroho stated.
        "Several roads were blocked by the landslide, and several sections cracked, which were too dangerous to pass through. These posed difficulties as heavy duty equipment could not be deployed there to help in the rescue and evacuation efforts," he remarked.

Jumat, 12 Desember 2014

WILL HOUSE ACCEPT PERPPU ON DIRECT LOCAL ELECTIONS?

 By Andi Abdussalam  
          Jakarta, Dec 13 (Antara) - Political 'battles' marked all of 2014 in Indonesian politics, which began with campaigns for a legislative election on April 9, as well as a presidential race on July 9.
         The elections divided the Indonesian people into two opposing camps. After the legislative elections, two political alliances were formed, one supported the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla presidential pair nominated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) while the other backed the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa presidential ticket nominated by the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).
         While the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla camp won the presidential race, the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa alliance controlled at least 292 of the 560 Parliamentary seats.
         Then, the political 'battles' waged to win popular support shifted to the Parliament.
         Legislators of political parties, joining a coalition with PDIP, formed the Great Indonesia Coalition (KIH) in the House of Representatives (DPR), while lawmakers of political parties in alliance with Gerindra set up the White-Red Coalition (KMP).

FOURTEEN MILLION PEOPLE FORECAST TO MAKE YEAR-END TRIPS

By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, 12 (Antara) - About 14 million people are expected to travel during this year's Christmas and New Year holidays similar to the trend observed in the previous years.
        An estimated 14 million travelers will use both public transportation and private vehicles.
         Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan reminded all public transportation operators and travelers to maintain safety while conducting year-end trips during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
         The minister also stressed on safety and quality service for passengers during a coordination meeting held on Wednesday to discuss transportation preparations in the face of the upcoming 2014 Christmas and 2015 New Year holidays.
         "Operators must offer good transportation facilities, vehicles, and crew members to ensure the safety aspect and quality of service in all areas beginning from ticket sales during the Christmas and New Year holidays," the minister remarked.

Kamis, 11 Desember 2014

GOVT PARTIALLY STOPS IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM 2013

 By Andi Abdussalam 
          Jakarta, Dec 11 (Antara) - The government has partially stopped the implementation of school Curriculum 2013 across the country and re-imposed Curriculum 2006 in some schools because not all are ready to implement it.
        However, schools that implemented Curriculum 2013 over the last three semesters are allowed to continue following it.
        Education and Culture Minister Anies Rasyid Baswedan said that a total of 6,221 schools in 295 districts/municipalities in the country implemented Curriculum 2013 for three semesters since 2013.
        Only these schools are obligated to continue implementing Curriculum 2013. Also, the program here will be improved and developed.
        "Curriculum 2013 will not be changed but will continue to be improved, developed and implemented in schools that followed it for three semesters so far," Baswedan stated last Friday.
         He added that besides the 6,221 schools, others that implemented Curriculum 2013 for only one semester are obligated to return to using Curriculum 2006 till Curriculum 2013 is improved and they are prepared to implement it.
         The minister explained that he took the decision based on facts that most schools are not ready to implement Curriculum 2013 due to several problems, including those related to the readiness of textbooks, assessment system, teachers' training and mentoring, and training of school principals.